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Quinn Warnick Dissertation

I can’t remember exactly how I first encountered Vannevar Bush’s 1945 article “As We May Think,” but I know I started using it in my teaching in 2007, when I got lucky enough to take over “Computers in the Study of English,” the introductory technology course for English majors at Iowa State University. Bush’s vision of the future struck me (and still strikes me) as uncannily prescient, and I was positive my students would share my enthusiasm for the piece.

They didn’t.

Where I saw obvious connections between Bush’s memex and today’s internet, my students just saw a big, clunky desk. The image of Bush’s “camera hound of the future” with his walnut-sized camera on his forehead called to my mind the ever smaller cell-phone cameras of today (and also, oddly, Jewish tefillin, but that’s another story), but my students just pointed out how silly Bush was for thinking people would actually strap cameras to their heads. (Never mind the cell phones that rarely left their hands.) Maybe I didn’t push them hard enough, or maybe I didn’t spend enough time in class discussing the essay (I’ve taught it several times since, and I think I’ve gotten better at it), but I remember feeling disappointed that “As We May Think” didn’t click for my students the way it clicked for me.

Reading the article again for last week’s seminar meeting, I was reminded why I like it so much, but I also realized why some of my students don’t like it. First, Bush’s writing is highly situated within context of World War II, and if you haven’t studied the Manhattan Project or aren’t fascinated by role scientists played in the war, Bush’s ethos and his motivations for writing may be hard to discern. Second, parts of the article are remarkably detailed, and if your idea of a good time doesn’t involve pondering the fundamental differences between analog and digital technologies, Bush’s description of microphotography or his explanation of how “trails” work in the memex could easily put you to sleep.

I plan to keep teaching “As We May Think,” and I’m confident that our seminar discussion last week will help me convince a few more students that Bush’s article is the fountainhead of contemporary internet studies. Yes, Bush gets many of the details wrong (all that microfilm!), but he gets so much right. Here’s a man writing in 1945 who essentially envisioned personal computers, the internet, web browsers, Wikipedia, and a dozen other technologies we take for granted today. A man who witnessed (and helped) science “throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons” yet hasn’t lost hope for those people to “find objectives worthy of their best.” Who needs a new iPhone? I want a memex in my office.

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Quinn Warnick, Ph.D

Director of Academic Innovation and User Experience
Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies
Virginia Tech

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University, 2010
Dissertation: What We Talk about When We Talk about Talking: Ethos at Work in an Online Community

Master of Arts, Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication, Iowa State University, 2006
Thesis: Corporate Weblogs: The Role of a New Genre in Shaping Institutional Ethos

Bachelor of Arts, English, Brigham Young University, 1999

Academic Appointments

Director of Academic Innovation and User Experience, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), Virginia Tech, December 2015 – Present

Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Department of English, Virginia Tech, August 2012 – December 2015
Co-Director, Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, July 2013 – December 2015

Assistant Professor of English Writing and Rhetoric, School of Humanities, St. Edward’s University, Fall 2010 – Summer 2012

Publications

Croxall, Brian, and Quinn Warnick. “Failure.” Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. Ed. Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers. New York: Modern Language Association. (Under public review.)

Warnick, Quinn. “Digital Tips” (15 short pieces, with expanded companion entries online). The Business Writer’s Handbook, 10th ed. Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.

Warnick, Quinn. “A Close Textual Analysis of Corporate Layoff Memos.” Business Communication Quarterly 73.3 (2010): 322 – 26.

Warnick, Quinn. “Adapting to New Technologies.” The Business Writer’s Companion, 6th ed. Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. 41 – 42.

Warnick, Quinn. Review of Drupal as an Educational Content-Management System. TESL-EJ 11.1 (2007).

Warnick, Quinn. “Toward a More Productive Discussion about Instrumental Discourse.” Orange Journal 6.1 (2006).

Warnick, Quinn. Review of Creating a Web Page with HTML, by Elizabeth Castro. Business Communication Quarterly 68.1 (March 2005): 105 – 108.

Conference Presentations

“Writing about Writing Technologies: Toward a Tool-Oriented Pedagogy.” Computers and Writing Conference, University of Wisconsin–Stout, May 29, 2015.

“All Watched Over by Machines of Better Prose.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 19, 2015.

“Drinking from the Fire Hose: Information Overload and Digital Scholarship.” Computers and Writing Conference, Washington State University, June 7, 2014.

“Writing in Public about Public Writing: When Research Participants Become Respondents.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 20, 2014.

“Quantifying Ethos: A Computational Model for Studying Expertise in Online Communities.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 19, 2014.

“Crunching the Numbers, Crunching the Words: What Can Algorithms Reveal about Rhetoric?” (with Michelle Seref). Association for Business Communication Convention, New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2013.

“Carrots, Sticks, and Other Tricks for Improving Behavior in Online Communities.” SIGDOC 2013 (Special Interest Group on Design of Communication), Greenville, NC, September 30, 2013.

“Better Late than Never: Using Computational Rhetoric to Study Online Discourse.” Computers and Writing Conference, Frostburg State University, MD, June 7, 2013.

“The Plight of the Newbie: Patterns of Enculturation in an Online Community.” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013.

“Biting the Hand that Feeds Us? Ditching Institutional Software without Damaging the Institution.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV, March 16, 2013.

“Collaboration or Fauxllaboration? Designing Group Projects that Inspire Genuine Teamwork.” Association for Business Communication Convention, Honolulu, HI, October 27, 2012.

“Walking the Tightrope: Institutional, Pedagogical, and Technological Challenges in Electronic Portfolio Development.” Computers and Writing Conference, North Carolina State University, May 19, 2012.

“Character, Text, Community: The Origins of Ethos and the Modern Web.” South by Southwest Interactive Conference, March 3, 2012.

“The Rhetoric of Trust: Perceptions of Identity and Credibility in an Online Community.” Internet Research 12.0, the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Seattle, WA, October 12, 2011.

“The Right Tool for the Job: Acknowledging and Resolving Methodological Problems in Online Research.” Computers and Writing Conference, University of Michigan, May 21, 2011.

“Ethos without Identity: Reputation Building in Online Communities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 7, 2011.

“What Is Your Brand? Teaching Students to Create and Control Their Personal Brand Identities.” Association for Business Communication Conference, Chicago, IL, October 30, 2010.

“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word: Toyota Recall Notices and the Rhetoric of Apology” (panel organizer and chair; with Christopher Toth and Ashley Patriarca), Association for Business Communication Conference, Chicago, IL, October 29, 2010.

“What We Talk about When We Talk about Talking: Ethos and Argumentation in a Virtual Community,” Computers and Writing Conference, Purdue University, May 20, 2010.

“The Dark Side of Web 2.0: Worst-Case Scenarios from the World of Online Business Communication.” Association for Business Communication Conference, Portsmouth, VA, November 6, 2009 (forthcoming).

“Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Alternative Approaches to Learning Management Systems.” Computers and Writing Conference, University of California, Davis, June 19, 2009.

“Walled Gardens vs. Wild Prairies: What Happens when Composition Moves out of the Classroom?” Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, March 13, 2009.

“Close Textual Analysis: A Method for Analyzing Corporate Texts” (part of “The Many Faces of Corporate Texts: A Multi-method Rhetorical Criticism Panel,” with Cynthia King, Cynthia Ryan, and Dale Cyphert). Association for Business Communication Conference, Incline Village, NV, October 31, 2008.

“Emerging Technologies That Matter: Bridging the Gap between Classroom and Workplace Tools” (with David Christensen). Association for Business Communication Conference, Incline Village, NV, October 30, 2008.

“Technical and Logistical Issues in Video-Based Program Assessment.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Austin, TX, May 29, 2008.

“Am I Going to Get Sued for This?: Fair Use and Fear in the Digital Classroom.” Computers and Writing Conference, University of Georgia, May 23, 2008.

“One Goal, Many Systems: Knowledge Management Practices in a Multimodal Workplace.” Association for Business Communication Conference, Washington, D.C., October 12, 2007.

“Typogracy: Teaching a Nuanced Approach to Typeface Selection and Design” (with S. Scott Graham). Association for Business Communication Conference, Washington, D.C., October 11, 2007.

“Finding the Sweet Spot: New Directions in Electronic Portfolio Development.” Computers and Writing Conference, Wayne State University, May 18, 2007.

“Would Aristotle Link to Wikipedia? The Role of Ethos in a Hypertext Age.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York City, NY, March 23, 2007.

“Coping with the Aesthetic of Ugly: Teaching Visual Rhetoric in Hostile Environments.” Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, November 10, 2006.

“Growing the Next Generation of Business Communication Faculty.” Association for Business Communication Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 27, 2006.

“Building a New Discourse Community: Challenges in Implementing a Campus-Wide Curriculum.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Clemson University, May 19, 2006.

“Are You Talking to Me?: How Academic Weblogs Remediate Human Conversation in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March 25, 2006.

“The Business of Blogging: How Weblogs Are Changing the Face of Corporate Communication.” Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 30, 2005.

“Taming the Wild Blog: Using Academic Weblogs to Foster Classroom Communities.” Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 15, 2005.

Invited Presentations, Workshops, and Interviews

“Digital Humanities in the Writing Classroon.” Guest lecture at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, September 2, 2015.

“Learning? Management? Systems?” Guest lecture in Dr. David R. Russell’s English 603 course, “Teaching Communication Online: Practice, Theory, and Research,” Iowa State University, October 15, 2014.

“WordPress as LMS: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Custom Course Websites.” Workshop for Auburn University at Montgomery, AL, April 17, 2014.

“Digital Writing Tools that Foster Collaboration, Revision, and Assessment.” Guest lecture at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, April 3, 2014.

“Fair Use in a Culture of Fear.” Presentation at the Choices and Challenges Forum: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, Virginia Tech, February 27, 2014.

“Careers in Writing.” Presentation at the English Career Connections conference, Virginia Tech, September 27, 2013.

“WordPress as LMS: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Custom Course Websites” (with Timothy Lockridge). Computers and Writing Conference, Frostburg State University, MD, June 6, 2013.

“Drinking from the Fire Hose: How to Cope with Information Overload.” Presentation to the Society of Professional Journalists, Virgina Tech, February 18, 2013.

“Try One New Thing.” Guest lecture in Dr. Carolyn Rude’s English 5654 course, “Professional Writing Pedagogy,” Virginia Tech, Novermber 8, 2012.

“Putting Yourself Out There: Four Tips for Sharing Your Intellectual Work.” Guest lecture in Dr. Kathryn Graham’s Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 1004 course, “Introduction to a Research University,”
October 31, 2012.

“The Right Tool for the Job: Dealing with Methodological Problems in Online Research.” Guest lecture in Dr. Kelly Belanger’s Rhetoric and Writing 6374 course, “Field Methods of Research in Rhetoric and Writing,” Virginia Tech, October 16, 2012.

“Careers in Writing.” Presentation (with Melody Warnick) at the English Career Connections conference, Virginia Tech, September 28, 2012.

“Being Mormon in America.” Nostra Aetate lecture, St. Edward’s University, April 10, 2012.
Graduate Research Network Job Workshop. Organizer (with Patrick Berry). Computers and Writing Conference, North Carolina State University, May 17, 2012.

“Against the LMS: Why (and How) You Should Abandon Your Learning Management System.” Guest lecture in Dr. David R. Russell’s English 603 course, “Teaching Communication Online: Practice, Theory, and Research,” Iowa State University, October 3, 2011.

“The Promise and Perils — but Mostly Perils — of Researching Online Communities.” Guest lecture in Dr. Gregory D. Wilson’s English 602 course, “Research Design in Rhetoric and Professional Communication,” Iowa State University, February 21, 2011.

“Using New Technologies in Learning and Teaching.” Guest lecture in Dr. Ann Thompson’s Curriculum and Instruction 505 course, Iowa State University, November 10, 2009.

“The Rhetoric of Layoff Memos.” Panel respondent. Association for Business Communication Conference, Portsmouth, VA, November 6, 2009.

“Talk About IT: Social Bookmarking.” Interviewed by Jim Twetten, Assistant Director of IT Services, Iowa State University, September 2009.

“Streamlined Grading Using Rubrics in Moodle.” Advanced Communication Workshop Series, Iowa State University, September 16, 2009.

“Facebook and Twitter and Blogs, Oh My! Staying Safe and Sane Online.” Community workshop, Ames, Iowa, September 15, 2009.

“Mastering the Fundamentals of Professional Grant Writing.” Guest lecture in Dr. Ruth Litchfield’s Food Science and Human Nutrition 463 course, Iowa State University, September 1, 2009.

“A New Approach to Peer Review in Computer Classrooms.” Orientation for First-Year Teaching Assistants, Iowa State University, August 19, 2009.

“Integrating Social Bookmarking into Your Class Website.” ComETS Symposium, Iowa State University, April 14, 2009.

“Foregrounding Oral Presentations in Advanced Communication Courses.” ISUComm Workshop, Iowa State University, November 14, 2008.

“Owning Your Online Identity: Three Approaches to Creating Electronic Teaching Portfolios.” Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Iowa State University, November 8, 2008.

“Using Moodle to Manage Your Courses.” Orientation for First-Year Teaching Assistants, Iowa State University, August 15, 2007.

“Tools and Tips for Improving Student Interaction in the Digital Classroom.” AgComm Workshop, Iowa State University, April 4, 2007.

“Using English Department Course Websites.” Studio for New Media Luncheon, Iowa State University, November 8, 2006.

“Website Design with a Content Management System.” ISUComm Workshop, Iowa State University, August 1, 2006.

“Electronic Portfolio Design and Development.” ISUComm Workshop, Iowa State University, May 31, 2006.

“‘Send Whatever You Want’: A Case Study in Twenty-First Century Independent Publishing.” Iowa State University, November 2, 2005.

Teaching Experience

My print c.v. includes a complete list of the courses I’ve taught. Please visit my teaching portfolio for links to my class websites.

Grants, Awards, and Honors

VT Stories: A Virginia Tech Oral History Pilot Project” (coauthored with David Cline and Shelli Fowler), Office of the President, Virginia Tech ($51,675, funded), 2015

Event Reporting: Building Research Communities Among Social Scientists and Computer Scientists” (Co-PI, with PI E. Thomas Ewing and co-PIs Edward Fox, Andrea Kavanaugh, and Amy Nelson), National Science Foundation ($370,100, not funded), 2014

dm4dh: Data Management for the Digital Humanities” (coauthored with Purdom Lindblad and Andi Ogier), Association for Computers and the Humanities Microgrant ($500, funded), 2013

Networked Discovery, Discovering Networks: Transforming the Digital Humanities at Virginia Tech” (coauthored with David Radcliffe and Purdom Lindblad), Center for Innovation in Learning Project Grant, Virginia Tech ($10,000, not funded), 2013

Human Centered Design IGEP (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program)” (supporting investigator, with PI Troy Abel and co-PIs Michael Evans, Benjamin Knapp, and Matthew Wisnioski), Graduate School, Virginia Tech ($386,000, funded), 2013

Reconciling Creativity and Technical Communication: TechCommix, an Online Authoring Environment for Procedural Comics” (co-PI, with PI Carlos Evia and co-PI Manuel Perez-Quinonez), Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Virginia Tech ($24,687.00, not funded), 2013

Digital Dissertation Depository: Buiding an Open-Source Archive for Born Digital Dissertations” (consultant, with PI Liza Potts and co-PI Kathie Gossett), National Endowment for the Humanities ($25,000, funded), 2012

Presidential Excellence Research Grant, St. Edward’s University ($5,000), 2011

SEU Folios (coauthored with Ryan S. Hoover and Drew M. Loewe), School of Humanities Curriculum Development Grant, St. Edward’s University ($4,000), 2011

Hugh Burns Dissertation Award (for the best dissertation in computers and writing studies), Computers and Composition, 2010

Wakonse Fellow, Wakonse Foundation, 2009

Learning Support System for Communication-Intensive Courses” (coauthored with Don Payne), Iowa State University Computation Advisory Committee Grant ($54,628), 2007

F. Wendell Miller Scholarship, Iowa State University, 2006 – 2010

Huncke Teaching Fellowship, Iowa State University English Department, 2006

Robert W. Parks Award, Iowa State University Honors Program, 2006

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award , Iowa State University English Department, 2006

PACE Scholarship, Iowa State University, 2004 – 2005

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund Scholarship, 2004 – 2005

Emerging Congressional Leader Fellowship, Stennis Center for Public Service, 107th Congress, 2002

Service

National

Member, Editorial Board, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Summer 2011 – Present

Member, Graduate Student Recruitment Committee, Association for Business Communication, Fall 2010 – Present

Member, Digital WPA Committee, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Summer 2009 – Present

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Assistant Web Developer, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Fall 2008 – Present

Member, MLA Liaison Committee, Association for Business Communication, Spring 2006 – Present

Assistant Editor, Journal of Business Communication, Summer 2007 – Spring 2009

University

Member, Computer Competencies Committee, St. Edward’s University, Spring 2011

Member, Faculty Committee for Alignment of Pedagogy with Hands-on Classrooms and Computer Labs, St. Edward’s University, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Member, Computation Advisory Committee, Iowa State University, Fall 2006 – Spring 2008

Member, ISUComm Foundation Courses Committee, Iowa State University, Fall 2005 – Spring 2008

Member, Computer Advisory Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University, Fall 2005 – Spring 2008

Consultant, The Olive Tree Project, Public Policy and Administration Department, Iowa State Unversity, Fall 2004

Departmental

Supervisor, Professional Writing Internship Program, English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University, Spring 2011 – Present

Member, Professional Writing Hiring Committee, English Writing and Rhetoric, St. Edward’s University, Fall 2011

Assistant Director, Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Fall 2008

Graduate Student Representative, English Department Faculty Hiring Committee, Spring 2008

Member, Computer Resource Committee, English Department, Iowa State University, Fall 2005 – Spring 2007

Member, Web Subcommittee, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Committee, English Department, Iowa State University, Fall 2004 – Spring 2005

Previous Work Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English Department, Iowa State University, Fall 2004 – Spring 2010

Designed and taught undergraduate courses in composition, business communication, and technical communication; implemented ISU’s innovative WOVE curriculum, teaching written, oral, visual, and electronic communication; taught in computer labs and traditional classrooms.

Instructional Technology Coordinator, ISUComm, Iowa State University, Fall 2007 – Summer 2008

Administered the open-source learning-management system (Moodle) used by instructors throughout ISU’s communication-across-the-curriculum program; developed instructional materials for faculty and teaching assistants to enhance computer-based pedagogy; planned and conducted regular workshops on using new technologies in the classroom.

Program Assistant, ISUComm, Iowa State University, Fall 2005 – Summer 2007

Assisted the director of ISU’s university-wide communication-across-the-curriculum program; designed, edited, and oversaw publication of student guides, instructor manuals, and publicity materials; developed and maintained the program’s website; performed budgetary and other administrative functions.

Southern Utah Area Director, St. George office, U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett, Nov. 2002 – Aug. 2004

Acted as Senator Bennett’s sole representative to constituents in an eight-county area; spearheaded the planning of the annual Utah Rural Business Technology Conference, for which I raised $50,000 in 2003 and $60,000 in 2004; worked with elected officials, constituents, and interest groups to prioritize projects for federal appropriations and find solutions to local problems under federal jurisdiction.

Legislative Aide, Washington, D.C., office, U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett, Jan. 2000 – Nov. 2002

Advised Senator Bennett on education, arts, health care, and small business issues; worked with committee staff to draft bills and amendments for Senate consideration; was instrumental in securing federal funding for higher education and arts programs, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street project and distance learning programs at Brigham Young University and Utah State University.

Technology Proficiencies

Operating Systems

Mac OS | Windows | Linux | iOS

Multimedia Software

InDesign | Photoshop | Final Cut Pro, iMovie | Keynote, PowerPoint

Web Technologies

HTML, HTML5, XHTML | CSS | FTP | MySQL

Content Management Systems

WordPress | Drupal | Moodle | Plone

Professional Organizations

Association for Business Communication

Association of Internet Researchers

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Council of Writing Program Administrators

National Council of Teachers of English

References

Available upon request.

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